Understanding Quotes

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Søren Kierkegaard
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Albert Einstein
“Any fool can know. The point is to understand.”
Albert Einstein

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

J.K. Rowling
“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Euripides
“Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.”
Euripides, The Bacchae

Carl Jung
“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”
Carl Gustav Jung

F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one...just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you've had.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Hayley Williams
“Sometimes it takes a good fall to really know where you stand”
Hayley Williams

Marie Curie
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
Marie Curie

Orson Scott Card
“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

Lemony Snicket
“Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so.”
Lemony Snicket, The Blank Book

William Shakespeare
“Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more,
Men were deceivers ever,-
One foot in sea and one on shore,
To one thing constant never.”
William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing

Anaïs Nin
“Do not seek the because - in love there is no because, no reason, no explanation, no solutions.”
Anaïs Nin, Henry And June

Hermann Hesse
“I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.”
Hermann Hesse, Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend

Carl Sagan
“For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.”
Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

John Steinbeck
“Try to understand men. If you understand each other you will be kind to each other. Knowing a man well never leads to hate and almost always leads to love.”
John Steinbeck

Aristotle
“To perceive is to suffer.”
Aristotle

John O'Donohue
“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen compassionately and creatively to the hidden silences. Often secrets are not revealed in words, they lie concealed in the silence between the words or in the depth of what is unsayable between two people.”
John O'Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

Aristotle
“Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach.”
Aristotle

Richard Bach
“Your friends will know you better in the first minute you meet than your acquaintances will know you in a thousand years.”
Richard Bach

Frank Herbert
“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.”
Frank Herbert, Dune

A.A. Milne
“Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brain."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Gwendolyn Brooks
“We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are each other's magnitude and bond.”
Gwendolyn Brooks

Joss Whedon
“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn't suck.”
Joss Whedon

Dean Koontz
“Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.”
Dean Koontz, The Darkest Evening of the Year

James Patterson
“The funny thing about facing imminent death is that it really snaps everything else into perspective.”
James Patterson, The Angel Experiment

“Sometimes all a person wants is an empathetic ear; all he or she needs is to talk it out. Just offering a listening ear and an understanding heart for his or her suffering can be a big comfort.”
Roy T. Bennett

Richard Feynman
“I have a friend who's an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don't agree with very well. He'll hold up a flower and say "look how beautiful it is," and I'll agree. Then he says "I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing," and I think that he's kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe. Although I may not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is ... I can appreciate the beauty of a flower. At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it's not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there's also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don't understand how it subtracts.”
Richard P. Feynman

Douglas Adams
“Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.”
Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Marie Curie
“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”
Marie Curie

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